Met Police Sergeant Neil Nash, 41, fired for gross misconduct after kissing and attempting to grope ‘vulnerable’ suspect lost High Court offer to clear his name
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A Met Police sergeant sacked for gross misconduct after kissing and attempting to grope a “vulnerable” suspect has lost an offer from the High Court to clear his name.
Neil Nash, 41, claimed it was not him but another cop who took advantage of the woman, who was arrested and taken to Plumstead Police Station, where he was a guard, in December 2015.
After being notified, Nash got her contact details and went to her house, where he consensually kissed her, before trying to touch her “intimately”.
The woman, in her 50s, refused and complained, and Nash – who had been in the force for more than 15 years – was dragged to a disciplinary hearing.
Although he claimed he was not the culprit, he was fired from the Met in June 2018 after being found guilty of serious misconduct.
He then took his case to court, but a senior judge has now rejected his attempt to challenge the investigation into the case.
During a three-day misconduct hearing in 2018, an independent disciplinary panel learned the woman was known to be “vulnerable.”
She had been arrested for a domestic incident and taken to the police station, where she had been notified by Nash.
After her release, he visited her three times, once kissing her and trying to fiddle with her.
Nash denied visiting the woman and claimed the real culprit was another cop still on duty at the Met.
But a serious misconduct allegation was upheld and he was fired for violating standards of authority, respect and courtesy, improper conduct and duty and responsibility.
He appealed the decision, but it was dismissed.
At the High Court, he claimed he had been wrongfully and unfairly dismissed because of the incident.
He told Judge Nicola Davies that the victim gave a totally different description of the officer who visited her home.
She said it was an officer in plain clothes who interrogated her, but Nash was in uniform and did not question her at the station, he claimed.
“There is a policeman still on duty who matches the description the victim gave,” he said.
“The victim said it wasn’t me. I was presumed guilty from the start. It doesn’t make sense.
“If it was a criminal court, it would have been rejected beyond a shadow of a doubt.”
He requested full judicial review of the Independent Office for Police Conduct’s decision not to advance his complaints about how his case was handled by an investigator in 2016 and 2017.
But dismissing his case, the judge said the officer Nash had complained about had long left the IOPC and his complaints were too late to now be investigated.
Lawyers for the Met and the IOPC had argued that his complaints against the investigator were in fact an attempt to overturn the outcome of the misconduct hearing.
And the judge rejected this attempt.
“The correct and only way for such a challenge is a call,” she said.
“His appeal was dismissed because it was out of time, and his challenge to the outcome of the appeal was dismissed.”
Speaking following the disciplinary hearing in 2018, IOPC Director Jonathan Green said: “Instead of providing the service expected of a sergeant, PS Nash abused his position of trust. , overstepped clear boundaries and caused psychological harm to this woman.
“Our investigation concluded that PS Nash had a serious misconduct case to answer, a view shared by the Metropolitan Police Department.
“They then arranged for the officer to appear before an independent disciplinary board and I think the panel was correct in their conclusion that they deprived PS Nash of the privilege of wearing a police uniform.”